Opening Reception: July 15, 6-9pm
Artist Talk featuring Amy Greenan and Elizabeth Leader: August 19, 7pm
A Sense of Place will feature new artworks by two Western New York artists that explore and evoke themes of home and community with subtexts of nostalgia and mystery through an embrace of the discarded and the forgotten.
Amy Greenan’s paintings, prints, drawings, books, and zines reflect a personal history, infused with nostalgia, confusion, and longing – recalling distant family members, her own past, the dissolution of family, and the abandonment of houses. Her works tell stories of disappointments and shortcomings, and reconstruct a past (real or imagined) with notes of the absurd and surreal. Amy Greenan’s works have been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Roland Gibson Art Gallery at SUNY Potsdam, and the Spencer Art Museum in Lawrence, KS. She currently lives and works in Niagara Falls, NY.
Elizabeth Leader creates assemblages using discarded toys and re-created graffiti found in areas of urban neglect– brownfields, derelict factories, abandoned grain elevators and overgrown railroad yards in Buffalo. Leader’s work challenges the viewer to look beyond the sentimental or nostalgic representation of the toy, to evaluate and question what has happened to the land, the industry and the culture it supported. Leader received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked as an instructor, graphic designer, and full-time artist. She lives and works in Buffalo, NY.
All events are free and open to the public